Mao Asada wins gold at Four Continents Championship

Mao Asada at Four Continents Championship 2008Feb. 16, 2008 – The 2008 Four Continents Championships figure skating competition in Goyang City, South Korea concluded Saturday and Mao Asada of Japan won both the short and long programs for the gold medal with 193.25 points.

Asada hit a beautiful triple Axel in the first seconds of her program to “Fantaisie Impromptu” by Frederic Chopin. Once she had that key element under her belt, the rest went smoothly. She landed five more triples, and only the triple toe in a combination with a triple flip was downgraded.

Canadian Joannie Rochette climbed from third spot after the short program with the second-best long program to take the silver with a personal-best score of 179.54. World champion Miki Ando of Japan, struggled early in her program and dropped to third at 177.66.

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